Christmas concert, 7 December 2018

Mosaic Choir will be performing in the central London Church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden on Friday 7 December.

If you haven’t been before, what can you expect? Well, carols in many different languages, representing musically diverse styles of singing. Three part Georgian pieces, Byzantine style carols with melody and ison (drone), harmonised carols from countries across the world – and even a few old favourites from the UK!

Why not come along and hear what the choir has to offer? Free entry with retiring collection for good causes, a celebration of wonderful music and a great preparation for the festal season!

John Speak (1944-2018) – Memory Eternal!

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John pictured (front row centre) at the pilgrimage and study day in Ely

John was formerly Chairman of the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist. He was born in Wakefield and was a scientist, graduating at Oxford in Physics in 1966. He retired in 2004 after 27 years’ service at Stamford School in Lincolnshire. Colleagues have spoken warmly of John and his work, one saying it was a privilege to work with such an expert physicist.

John began his long association with 2, Canterbury Road at Oxford, living there when Donald Allchin married him to Marilyn in 1966 and the wedding reception was held in the garden. John and Marilyn had 3 children and 9 grandchildren, to whom he was devoted.

John encountered Nicholas Zernov and the Orthodox Church at Oxford, but it was not until 1988, when he felt able to travel for services, that he was received into the Church by Father Barnabas of New Mills, Wales.

John cared deeply for the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist. As chairman (2007-2013), he was extremely conscientious, an examiner of detail, who always acted with the utmost integrity. He was warmly appreciative of others, praising the time and expertise that so many members gave to the Fellowship. John spent many hours on the important revision of the Fellowship constitution approved in 2013, that included the important provision that a President should be appointed in the Fellowship from among the Bishops of the Pan-Orthodox Assembly. John supported all Fellowship activities including the Youth Festivals. He was delighted to see young members coming in to take over his work.

John was a member of the Rutland and Peterborough Theological Societies and a valued supporter of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge – in all three bodies, he was well known for asking penetrating theological questions.

John appeared to be recovering slowly from a stroke, but he was too weak for the medical team to operate on a leaking heart valve and infection. He knew he was dying, but was peaceful after Father Raphael Armour, priest from the parish of St Ephraim the Syrian in Cambridge, came and ministered to him. John in his weak physical condition, listened to recorded liturgies, making the sign of the cross, so was full of faith and in communion with the Church he loved at the end of his earthly pilgrimage.

John reposed on 21 August 2018. May his memory be eternal!

[This obituary has been written by Gladys Bland, Secretary of the Fellowship]

What’s On- Winter 2016-17

nativity_season_banner.jpgIt’s the Nativity Fast, and one way the Fellowship gets ready for the feast is the now regular concert by the Mosaic Choir. This year we visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St Andrew in Kentish Town, London, NW1 9QA on Friday 16 December at 7:30pm. Come along and celebrate Christmas in many different traditions, with carols from across Europe and beyond: Greece, Romania, Serbia, Poland, Canada and the United Kingdom! Free entry with a retiring collection. You can tell us that you’re coming , and download it to your calendar with our Facebook Event

And St Andrew blesses us again in January, with the Fellowship’s first visit to Scotland for the annual Study Weekend on Holiness in the Bible, hosted by the  Orthodox Church  of St Andrew. It’s just £40 (£20 for students), excluding accommodation and travel, but including meals and a bus tour of the city. There will also be an opportunity to venerate the relics of St Andrew. Find this event on Facebook. 

Apply for the Study Weekend. 

So, in this time when commercialisation of Christmas is everywhere, make time for two events for your spiritual health! Wishing you a blessed fast and a joyful feast!

2016 Events

2016 is shaping up to be another fascinating year for the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist.  Why not join us to meet others in fellowship and in a spirit of learning?

Annual Fellowship study weekend in Walsall, 22-24 January, ‘What are Priests for?’ (report forthcoming).

Women’s Ministries Initiative (supported by the Fellowship) study day in Dublin, 9 April, ‘Abrahamic Religions: Revelation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam’ (Poster: Study Day Abrahamic 9 Apr 2016; Registration form: Study Day Abrahamic Registration Form)

Annual Youth Festival in Ilam, 26-30 May, ‘Finding our way in Christ’ (details will be on the Youth website in due course).

Annual Fellowship summer conference in Swanwick, 1-3 July, ‘Being Orthodox in a Multi-Religious Society’ (Poster and Booking Form).

Information on all these events is available on this website, explore and find out more!

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Christmas Carol Concert: Mosaic Choir

Come to a Carol Concert with a difference! Experience a concert with a true international flavour which will have some familiar favourites but also a real international and folk feel, with carols from Romania, Greece, Ukraine, France and other countries, too.

The Mosaic Choir was formed under the umbrella of the Fellowship of Saint John the Baptist and is made up of Orthodox people from a variety of backgrounds: cradle Orthodox and converts, and from countries all over the world!
We also sing liturgical Christmas music from different traditions, during what will be a very relaxed evening.

If you’re in London and want a unique musical experience for Christmas come along and tell your friends!

Sunday 13 December, 7:30pm, Free entry with retiring collection

Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 1 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden (how to get there)

Find this event on  Facebook

 

2016 Study Weekend: What are Priests for?

2016 Study Weekend

Walsall

 Friday 22nd-Sunday 24th January

WHAT ARE PRIESTS FOR?

A study of ancient and modern texts

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Looking at Patristic and other sources

we will consider the place and function of

the priesthood in today’s Church

 

Cost  £60.00, includes lunch and evening meal  (only)

 

Details  Fr John Nankivell

Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

63 Dale Street, Palfrey, Walsall  WS1 4AN

(01922-633451;  nankivell@tesco.net)

Poster   Booking Form